Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Bottle conditioned.
First brewed 1996; claimed to be based on a recipe from 1679 which used wheat, oat and barley.
Tripel Karmeliet is a very refined and complex golden-to-bronze brew with a fantastic creamy head. These characteristics derive not only from the grains used but also from restrained hopping with Styrians and the fruity nature (banana and vanilla) of the house yeast. Aroma has hints of vanilla mixed with citrus aromas. Tripel Karmeliet has not only the lightness and freshness of wheat, but also the creaminess of oats together with a spicy lemony almost quinine dryness.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1572) - Hawgville, Ontario, - NOV 12, 2012
Bottle - decants a golden hued hazed ale with a 3 finger meringue cap. lively natural carbonation, Medium bodied but light spritzy character - probably the result of both wheat and oats in the grain bill. Aroma is ambrosia - sweet toffee with succulent fruits, some citrus, musty yeast tones and spicey hopping. Flavour and mouth feel are lush, chewy malts in front well balanced with sharp hopping and big fruitiness - middle is complex where flavors develop...vanilla, peach, spice, citrus - finish goes dry and lightly bitter with a sharp hop bite at the end then a pleasing warming. Hides its alcohol well. A very pleasant, soothing and drinkable tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VincentKabel (118) - Haarlem, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2014
Golden beer with an firm lasting white head. Yeast, citrus and bread combined with a creamy mouthfeel and high carbonation. The high alcohol is almost unnoticeable. The high carbonation makes that this beer doesn’t grow overwhelming. Very good triple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerthoven (8) - - APR 20, 2014 does not count
Delightful, refined. Even better when served in Tripel Karmeliet glassware. One of my top 10 favorite beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
REMC (2) - NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2014 does not count
Still one of my favorites. Beautiful and complex in taste, alcohol not overpowering (don’t drink six). Color and aroma wonderful, and in its distinctive glass, always a treat

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DomPiwa (31) - FRANCE - APR 20, 2014
Pours a golden, cloudy with fragments of yeast in the glass. A superb creamy, foamy head that is persistant and leaves an attractive lace like effect at the top of the glass. An aroma of hops and yeast. Smooth bitter taste with very discrete alcohol. Altogether an excellent brew. Cheers to the Carmelites!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdwinLitzau (239) - NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Mooie goudkleur, weinif wit schuim. Ruikt heerlijk, beetje naar boter. Smaakt fantastisch, beetje bitter. Wel wat veel koolzuur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuedmaster (163) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2014
This is very nice indeed, I see why it is so highly rated. 750 ml. bottle poured into a large wine glass. Beautiful pour of deep gold with a copious white head that leaves artistic lacing. Aroma is fruity and spicy, with lemon, banana, and orange blossoms standing out along with hay and bread aromas. The taste really hits you with the tart citrus, mostly lemon, and complex Belgian yeast bouquet. Dry and somewhat sour, yet well balanced. Very refreshing, rich, and complex, with the right amount of alcohol presence. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and slightly sour and bittersweet finish. Has a nice grain presence in the nose and mouthfeel to balance the fruitiness and the sour. Probably the best Belgian tripel I’ve had so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alanthebeerguy (119) - - APR 17, 2014
Poured from the bottle. Huge head. Cloudy golden yellow. Smells of yeast, orange peel, peach. Taste is wheat, yeast and bubbles up front. Transition to creamy, bready, lemon finish. Finish is fairly crisp with not too much lingering finish. Nice beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
migajos (79) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 16, 2014
Aroma: beautiful belgian yeast, peach, a bit honey, Appearance a bit hazy, yellow with quickly disappearing head. Taste: some banana, peach, a bit of alcohol. Very drinkable and well ballanced. A bit too much carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JeyAre (77) - - APR 15, 2014
Light colour and bubbly white head. Poured in a trappistes rochefort glass. Quite fresh, almost citrus taste that hides well the alcohol. Acid palate. Quite bubbly in the mouth too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
seynie (86) - Tienen, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2014
Pure gold, persistent creamy top, vanilla, banana, full body, some citrus, long finish. The commercial description really says it all

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